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by Meghann on July 14, 2010

My stomach was GROWLING today.

Not the internal, I feel it rumbling sort of way, but the OMG my co-workers are giving me funny looks because it’s so loud way.

I had a one hour 11:00 am meeting that turned into a two and a half hour meeting – as they typically do – and by the time I got out at 1:30 I was done for.

I did snack on some cinnamon pita chips before the meeting, but they didn’t do me much good.


After we hit the two hour meeting mark, my mind started to wander and I managed to think up a killer combination for lunch using the limited supply of food in my fridge.


I was going for a green bean salad here.

I started with a base of chopped fresh green beans then added sweet potato, mozzarella, tempeh, tomato, peanuts, and tossed it all in a ginger sesame dressing.


The whole combination was very fresh and perfect on a hot summer day. It also did a great job in quieting the growls coming from my stomach.


On the way out the door I grabbed a piece of taffy for the road, but didn’t feel like grabbing the camera. 🙂

On the way back to the office I finally finished Eat Pray Love. Now, that I’ve officially read listened to the entire book, I feel I can give my full review – I loved it!

I mean, yes, the India portion was a bit on the boring side, but I largely blame that on the fact that I get very sleepy in the car and just happened to be listening to the part during a four hour road trip. Admittedly, that was a bad move on my part.

I really enjoyed how the audio version of the book was read by the actual author. I think that made the story so much more believable and relatable because it was all in her words and her voice.

I enjoyed how she kept it real, she didn’t sugar coat anything, and that she was truly living her life the way she saw fit. I can’t wait to see the movie and I can’t wait to read listen to the follow up Committed.

Does anyone just happen to have Committed on CD that I can borrow?

I know that I could technically get it at the library, but long story short they won’t give me a library card. I could go on, but no point in having people judge me for breaking the rules. I’ll just leave it at that. 😉

1 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I wish I had Committed too (book or cd).

I have to say that it’s a bit laughable that you’re banned from taking out library material. lol

2 Kelly July 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I really liked Eat Pray Love too…I can not wait to see the movie. I adore Julia Roberts and think she is perfect for this role. I am going to see it with my mama! 🙂

3 Kelly July 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Haha you can’t get a library card? I bet that’s an interesting story! Books on tape are my new fav way to get through long car trips.

4 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

This salad, is it all raw? I mean, did yu eat raw sweet potatoe??

5 Meghann July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

the sweet potatoes were cooked. 🙂 Everything else was raw.

6 Maria July 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I’m about to start Committed. I’m excited about reading it because I also love her no-nonsense, tell it like it is approach.

7 Dynamics July 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

But…. you have a boyfriend who can get a library card! I use my mom’s all the time.

I think there should be time you can go back and get a card. Maybe they will forget. Good luck.

8 Meghann July 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

except the boyfriend lives in Tampa, which really doesn’t help. 🙂

9 Courtney @ Three Months July 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Haha, now I’m intrigued as to why you’re (banned?) from the library!! 🙂

10 britchickruns July 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Oooh you must have been starving! The salad looks great though (minus the green beans :p) – good combinations!
I can’t wait to see the film of that book – I think Julia Roberts is perfect for it 🙂

11 runningwithsass July 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I hate when my stomach growls when its quiet!

12 Exercise and Eat July 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

LOL, when I’m hungry I daydream about lunches, too!

13 Katie @ LifeDiscombobulated July 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I read “Committed.” I really liked it, but beware, it’s pretty different from Eat, Pray, Love. Lots of information on marriage, not quite as much on herself. Very interesting, but doesn’t have quite the same, “I want to pack my things and move to Italy/Bali IMMEDIATELY!!!” feel to it. Oh, and for the record, it’s been a year since I read EPL for the second time and I still want to pack my things and move to Italy or Bali (probably not India, even though I liked that part of the book) IMMEDIATELY. Things are going to get really tough after I see the movie. I already know. 🙂

14 amanda July 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

haha, you’re such a rebel. mmm, those libraries! they have some funky rules…i can’t only imagine what you did. do you have a collection of non-returned books piled up in your living room?

i really enjoyed eat pray love. i think julia will be stunning in the role!

my library has committed in stock to listen to. i’d be more than tickled to send it your way. but i’m alllll the way in pennsylvania. if you can’t get your hands on it any other way, let me know!

15 Marci July 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Agree with Katie above! A different and much more boring, educational book. The beginning and end were ok. She is scared of marriage, must marry him or never see him again. Whole book spent listening to her indecisiveness and research on marriage. And you probably know how it ends.
Loved EPL, can’t wait for movie. Committed, not so much.

16 Amy July 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Hehe… I laughed out loud at my desk at your “no library card comment” — I agree with Kelly that it must be a good story 🙂 Although I am still in possession of a card, I think I may be singlehandedly building another wing our library with all my library fines … sigh…

I am still working through EPL (I’m reading it before bed and am stuck in India … ) and haven’t yet read “Committed” — but I’ll be excited to hear what you think 🙂 Also, the salad looks awesome — perfectly cold, crunchy & summery!

17 Courtney July 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I’m glad you liked the book! I’ve been thinking of reading it, and now maybe I’ll pick it up. 🙂

18 Tracey @ TropicalHappiness July 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Oh no… banned from checking out books?!?! That’s gotta be a good story! And if you want so share, I promise I won’t judge… I’ll just laugh WITH you! 😉

19 missyrayn July 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Wow what can you do to get banned?

Maybe Derek can get it for you?

20 hundredtenpounds July 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

My stomach growls uncontrollably when I run! It’s a different kind of hunger than other exercise causes!

21 laura July 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

ahhh you cant tease us like that and tell us you got banned but not why….im always up for a good story! and i promise i wont judge 🙂

22 Kristen July 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I just finished the book Committed for book club. I did not enjoy it as much as I did Eat, Pray, Love. Sorry I don’t have the audio version though.

23 Amy July 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I’m definitely anxious about my upcoming race. Next Wednesday I’m doing a trail marathon in Mongolia. I’ve been putting in the mileage, but I live at sea level in Okinawa while the base camp is at 5400 feet and the race goes up from there. My inability to altitude train has me nervous. I know we’ll both finish our races though!! 🙂

24 theprocessofhealing July 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm

That salad sounds delicious! I’m in the process of reading Eat, Pray, Love and it’s so good!

25 Amanda July 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Glad you loved Eat Pray Love! I’m re-reading it before the movie comes out and some woman on my train the other day was bad-mouthing it. It pissed me off! I also read Committed and thought it was pretty good – very different from EPL and much more about marriage than her personal life.

26 Megan July 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

um… I recently had to pay a $50 library fine. I was actually really scared bc when I remembered about it was a week before we were closing on our house and I was scared that it would go on my credit and we would lose our loan and my husband would have been soo (rightfully) pissed!

27 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm

What a tasty looking salad!!!

28 Deirdre July 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

No judgement about libraries. I actually finished Committed two months ago but sadly I borrowed it from the library. I actually might have liked it more than EPL even though it wasn’t as much about her personal life. She is just a likable and relatable author and says lots of things that just make sense about marriage. You could try used book sites like Alibris. Wouldn’t it be awesome if bloggers could exchange books on a huge scale?!

29 bridetobefit July 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I loved Eat Pray Love so much!!!! Although I will admit, the India portion did take willower to continue reading. I don’t think it was just your book on tape. :/. Regardless, the rest of it was so inspiring!!!

30 Allie July 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

haha. i was blacklisted from the library in my hometown (and i worked there for a while one summer!). i feel better knowing im not the only one.

31 Pure2raw twins July 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Glad to hear you liked Eat Pray Love. I have wanted to read that ; )

I was at the dentist the other day, and my stomach was growling…so embarrassing! haha

32 DiningAndDishing July 15, 2010 at 8:18 am

I was a much bigger fan of Committed than Eat Pray Love. Like a lot of people said, the Eat part was great, the Pray part bored me! I really like how honest and straight forward she is in Committed and the story really moves along nicely. I couldn’t put it down!

– Beth @

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